A Small-Group Expedition into the Rich Biodiversity of South America’s Grandest Wildlife Realm
“OMGoodness... GREAT, GREAT TRIP... Great people, great place, great food... Everything about this trip was great! I had no idea the Falls were so beautiful, and the Pantanal was so AMAZING and full of wildlife. I knew we would see animals, but there were so many endangered species – the whole experience was incredible! You need to promote this trip, as it far exceeded our expectations!
"The ample opportunities to observe jaguars and all the wildlife of the Patanal far exceeded my expectations. To observe a mother jaguar and her cubs sleeping on the riverbank in northern Patanal for over 2 hours was an experience of a lifetime. I will never forget watching giant river otters feeding on fish, the anteaters with baby anteaters on their backs, a toucan feeding on wild figs, jabiro storks wading in the wetlands and macaws feeding on palm nuts. I loved all the many wildlife sightings we experienced on this trip. Also, the sky watching program at our last night at Caiman Lodge was another experience that made this entire trip a fascinating adventure. A special thank you to all the NH staff for a well-planned and highly organized trip."
"An unforgettable dramatic adventure – a vintage Indian Jones expedition! Thank you so much for your excellent company. I love Natural Habitat and your small groups, your guides and your total emphasis."
“I cannot praise Zapa highly enough…he proved to be an excellent naturalist with an uncanny ability to spot birds and mammals and an apparently encyclopedic knowledge of both. He was energetic and enthusiastic and he made the trip all that we hoped it would be.”
“Unbelievable food preparation and presentation, especially at the Caiman Ecological Refuge lodge. All accommodations were terrific… wonderful accommodations, especially at the Tropical Cataratas in Foz de Iguazu. And of course Zapa is absolutely a gem. Indispensable. His knowledge and professionalism were top notch. He was always affable, courteous, helpful, and ALWAYS put our needs and attention before his. I feel that he made the trip much, much more memorable and enjoyable. His ability to function as a guide went beyond any of my expectations. Do not lose him!!! This was one of the best overall and most memorable trips in my life!”
“We returned on time from another fantastic trip. The Pantanal was the highlight of the trip. We were lucky that there was so much water still around because it enhanced the beauty of the area. We saw a wide range of birds and mammals, including excellent views of ocelot, although we never caught up with a jaguar. Iguacu was brilliant, with 3.1 million litres of water per second flowing over the falls when we were there. Truly awesome! The accommodation in both the Pantanal and at Iguacu were wonderful. The other point I would like to make at this stage is that Zapa is an outstanding guide and expedition leader. He ranks up there as one of the best guides we have had (and they have all been very good). His knowledge, skill, experience, sense of humor, enthusiasm, customer care and thoughtfulness were unsurpassed. He is truly inspirational!"
“I enjoyed most the beauty of the falls, the remoteness of the Pantanal Lodge, and the wildlife. Also the golden lion tamarin expedition. Our guide Zapa's knowledge was exceptional and his enthusiasm was contagious."
"Zapa was an amazing guide - he was on top of every last detail of the trip. He is great with logistics and does not get the least bit upset when things go wrong (i.e. - broken bus and no A/C) therefore we don't get upset. He is very knowledgable of the area and I don't think there was anything else he could have done to make the trip better!!!!!!!!!!! He knows everyone in the Pantanal and makes things happen. He also knows his birds and animals as well as the environment of the Pantanal. I cannot say enough positive things about him."
"The high quality of the guides is one of the main reasons I choose NatHab tours and Zapa is another good example for this. Great photography tips from him too!"
“Zapa was an exceptional tour leader. He had a great enthusiasm for all aspects of the role, from ensuring the travel to and from each activity to informing us about all of the wonderful environments and their inhabitants that we encountered. He was very patient, took the time to answer all of our questions, and even made time to help the novice photographers on the trip take better photos. I am hoping to do another trip that he leads, either to Patagonia or the Galapagos…hopefully both!”
“Seeing so much wildlife in the Pantanal exceeded my expectations. Zapa can only be described in superlatives. He is an outstanding leader and his passion for wildlife and the Pantanal is infectious. Nothing is too much for him, no problem without a solution. A great trip was made even better by Zapa. Marcelo and Isabel were excellent as well, and I think its fair to say that our driver (Guarana) in the Pantanal was a favorite by the entire group. His warmth and sense of humor are able to cross any language barrier.”